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Today's News

  • Courthouse sidewalk project set to start

    It is not swimming pool status yet, but the basement of the courthouse has occasionally had standing water on the east side from rain running down the sidewalk.

    That may end soon.

    At the fiscal court meeting Tuesday, magistrates agreed to a bid by Gra Kat Construction to repair the sidewalk alongside the courthouse and put in storm drainage that should fix the leaking problem.

  • 1993: Beckley and Wheeler take center stage with awards

    If anyone has an old photo that they would like to run with this column bring it and the information into The Sentinel-News office or e-mail it to the writer at sharonw@sentinelnews.com. We are also looking for mystery photos. If you have a picture you can't identify, send it in and we'll ask our readers for help.

    10 years ago, 1998

  • The new Old Stone Inn

    The Old Stone Inn's new owners will soon reopen its doors and welcome diners back into the historic restaurant.

    Simpsonville natives and cousins Shelley Thompson-Cotton, proprietor, and Deanna Shelton, assistant, spent the month of March preparing their newly acquired business for the public.

    They said they hope to have the Old Stone Inn open before the 134th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 3.

    "We're ready to go," Shelton said. "We're just waiting on licenses and permits from the state."

  • Honor those who serve and protect

    It is a sad commentary on society when common criminals are elevated to celebrity status by virtue of their infamy, while heroes remain unsung.

    Police officers are true heroes and heroines of our still-mean streets across this nation. Those special persons who care enough to serve and protect do so at tremendous costs - both physical and emotional.

  • SCHS announces 'Student/Citizen of the Month' for March

    "Student of the Month" demonstrates exemplary academic excellence in their selected subjects.

  • Local man jailed for several thefts

    A Shelbyville man has been arrested in connection with several thefts, according to Detective Jason Rice with the Shelbyville Sheriff's Office.

    David Wayne Lockard, 29, of 68 Lovall Lane in Shelbyville, was arrested April 1 in connection with a residential burglary in which several appliances were taken on Easter Sunday.

    He has been charged with second-degree burglary in that incident. Also, Rice said that after his arrest, Lockard confessed to several thefts at Lowe's in January, which had been caught on video surveillance tape.

  • Set to change

    After 60 years of being "on the air," broadcast television as we now know it will soon come to an end. In hopes of providing viewers with better picture quality and a wider range of broadcast options, TV broadcasts will soon be completely digital.

    Robert Biagi, part owner of the Biagi Company in Shelbyville, said while the switch from analog to digital broadcasting will likely enhance the experience of TV viewing, it has caused quite a bit of confusion locally.

  • Restoring an American giant

    On a hillside patch of fescue and orchardgrass near Finchville, a group of volunteers are laboring to restore an American icon.

    One hole at a time, one hundred holes altogether, on one acre of ground, they are planting a breeding orchard for the American chestnut tree. The tree, once the dominant species of the eastern forest, is almost gone. Few people alive today have seen an American chestnut tree; even fewer remember when it reigned as the supreme tree of the forest. A blight that started in New York over 100 years ago wiped out the great chestnut forests.

  • Tax bills go on block Monday

    If you have procrastinated and have failed to pay your property tax bill, better hurry. The tax claims go on sale Monday and after that the bill could go a whole lot higher.

    Sheriff Mike Armstrong said between $500,000 and $600,000 in 2007 property taxes have not been paid in the county. On Monday at 10 a.m., he is authorized to sell 10 percent of those bills, which he will do at the courthouse.

  • Juveniles arrested in home vandalism

    Two teens were arrested Wednesday and charged in connection with the vandalism of an empty home on Zaring Mill Road, according to Gene Witt, chief deputy at the Shelby County Sheriff's office.

    Witt said the pair, a male and female, ages 16 and 17, respectively, were charged with second-degree burglary, criminal mischief and criminal trespass.